The Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins have done reasonably well in these playoffs when scoring first. But, not so much in the Stanley Cup Final.
They’re a combined 0-2 in this championship series when scoring the first goal.
And this was a topic of discussion as the two teams had a day off in the final which shifts back to Boston for Games 3 and 4.
“Yeah, I don’t want to say ‘unusual.’ You don’t want to change your game or approach if you get scored on first,” said Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville.
“You love the lead. We liked the way we were playing yesterday. 1-0 at the end of the first period, I’m sure they felt that was a moral victory for them. Still thought we went into the second period the right way.
“Might be an unusual stat, but there’s nothing wrong with scoring first.”